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Two years ago this month, FIRE secured a victory in a case involving a student group Advocates for Conservative Thought (ACT). The student government had refused to recognize ACT, essentially arguing “we already have a conservative group on campus and we don’t need more.” U Miami was sort of trendsetter by making this argument and... Read more Read more


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The Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will review the Third Circuit’s decision in the Solomon Amendment case (the Third Circuit had ruled the Solomon Amendment—which requires universities that receive federal funds be open to all military recruiters on campus—unconstitutional). I agree with Orin Kerr: the Court will almost certainly reverse the Third Circuit and... Read more Read more


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Check out this excellent editorial from the Daily Egyptian, the student newspaper of Southern Illinois University. The paper is responding to a recent controversy: A professor chose a controversial account of a series of race-related murders in California as option reading for a history course, which provoked outrage among other faculty members. After much public... Read more Read more


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In other news, a debate between two professors organized to address Larry Summers’ January “flap” about “innate differences” took place on Friday, April 22. Johnstone Professor of Psychology Steven Pinker and Professor of Psychology Elizabeth Spelke engaged in “a showdown of the sexes” to analyze “the data behind University President Lawrence H. Summers’ controversial January... Read more Read more


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In response to the controversy over Harvard University President Larry Summers’ comments on innate gender differences and on Native American history, a couple of students opined on freedom of speech on campus in The Harvard Crimson over the past weeks. Their articles are worth a read. In “The Death of Discourse,” freshman Ashish Agrawal writes:... Read more Read more


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Last Wednesday, FIRE put out a press release dealing with the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire’s Student Senate legislation that bans funding for any student-organized activity that promotes a “particular ideological, religious, or partisan viewpoint.” The next day, a letter from the University of Wisconsin’s Office of General Counsel arrived in FIRE’s mail stating, in part,... Read more Read more


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Over a year after Occidental College in Los Angeles took the virtually unprecedented step of dissolving its entire student government in the midst of the Jason Antebi affair, it still has no student government (for thorough background on what has been going at Oxy,please click here). For months now, students have wrangled over the new... Read more Read more


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In response to my post “Job Security = Academic Freedom?” David Mazel, an assistant professor of English at Adams State College, wrote in with the following comments about freedom of speech on campus: I’m a FIRE fan and an opponent of speech codes. I have defended students accused of harassment (for example, a student DJ here at Adams State... Read more Read more


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Since the 1980s, there has been a handful of faculty members who have sacrificed time, energy, peace, and, too often, fair treatment, in order to stand up for the rights of their students and their colleagues. It is hard to imagine their colleges and universities without them. They bear witness to the deepest values of... Read more Read more


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Ever since I launched the campaign for an Academic Bill of Rights some eighteen months ago in October 2003, the most salient feature of the battle against it has been the dishonesty of its academic opponents. The opposition has gone so far as to compare my campaign for intellectual diversity on college campuses to Mao... Read more Read more



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